House of peace nestled in Penn Hills

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Home away from home is how proprietor Bill Thompson wants guests to classify their stay at his Bed and Breakfast establishment, Le Maison Du Pax. With the meaning, “the house of peace” Thompson describes it as the perfect escape in a warm, inviting, cozy, and peaceful atmosphere.

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O WHAT A SECRET—Bill Thompson, owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Penn Hills stands in front of the old style English Tudor building built in 1910. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

“We are dedicated to giving personalized service. Hospitality is our number one concern and we make our living paying attention to every last detail so our guests don’t have to,” he said.

Nestled in a quiet section of Penn Hills off Frankstown Ave, the 8904 Eastwood Road old style English Tudor building built in 1910 sits on three quarters of an acre of land. It is equipped to house eight people with double occupancy or four couples. Accommodations include a luxurious King Suite featuring a cozy dining and sitting area with a plush king size bed and a private bath. The three Queen Suites feature cozy queen size beds, LED TVs and a shared bath and sitting area. The social areas are inclusive of a living room, dining rooms, parlor, and private lounge/movie room and massage therapy parlor. A full service business center is also a part of the package.

The living room is designed with the original Old English wooden beams and stone fireplace, coupled with deep amber tones and rich elegant textures. Two dining room options provide an atmosphere that ensures a pleasurable experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The private lounge offers a sophisticated spacious and cozy atmosphere with access to large flat-screen TV’s, a game area and wireless Internet access.

Circling the grounds on a hot day, Thompson pointed out that the outside amenities are just as unique and relaxing as the inside. The structure is surrounded by a well-manicured lawn with a back porch on the main patio, a water garden, and furnished Gazebo.

The owner of the 13-room house for more than 22 years, Thompson said he decided to turn his family home into a Bed and Breakfast after dismissing the idea of selling it. “Once my children were gone I was thinking of downsizing until I received a vision to turn this into a Bed and Breakfast,” he recalls. Now he owns the only Bed and Breakfast of its type in the Penn Hills area.

“My vision for this business is to provide a service.” He said his focus is clergy and people needing a quiet comfortable place to stay on a short term basis “That can mean people in town taking care of business, for family reunions, newlyweds or just passing through.”

Not just aiming for visitors to the region, Thompson says his place can be utilized for small private events and activities like baby showers, small parties, meetings and conferences. Pointing out that the facility is equipped for any short term private event.

Not a stranger to operating a business, Thompson has owned and operated a construction company for 27 years. Evolving throughout time he said the business started off as Floors International where he focused on flooring but expanded into carpentry when he changed the name to Thompson International. Through time his services expanded from flooring and carpentry to interior work and general contracting and he renamed the business to Balm Construction. His company has been the preferred contractor for projects at Carnegie Mellon University and Action Housing. He has done work for the Pittsburgh School Board, TEDSCO as well as numerous residential projects. One of his latest and special projects has been the interior work on Le Maison Du Pax. “We did all the interior renovation work in the house.”

As an Allegheny County and, state certified MBE/WBE business, Thompson said he understands the significance of utilizing minority firms and as a result has strived to do so in the operation of his businesses. KBE Designs Interiors Events and Visuals completed the interior design work of the bed and breakfast. The in-house Massage Therapist is Rose Johnson and Chaqula Wilson does facials. When guests need cosmetology services he utilizes Destani, Inc. Hair Salon. Minority caterers also conduct catering.

A spiritual man and strong believer in his faith, Thompson says he views himself as an armor bearer and realizes that his purpose is to serve and to help people through his businesses. His goal next year is to hold a fundraiser for prostate cancer. “I believe Le Maison Du Pax—the house of peace is to be used in capacities I’m not aware of yet. I just know that where there is faith there is love, where there is love, there is peace and where there is peace, there is God.”

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